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Comic Countdown #57: Comic Book Fashion Show

Posted on February 10, 2013 AT 07:27pm

Welcome to the latest installment of the Comic Countdown! Recently (as in a few months ago), a Countdown was done listing some of the worst comic book costumes the medium had to offer. This week, the Countdown will take on the other side of the coin, taking a look at some off the better costumes that have graced the pages of comics.

#10: Rocketeer (IDW Publishing)

One of the most iconic characters in comic books has a legendary look that looks old-fashioned and modern all at once. A bright and shining combination of elements of steam-punk, modern flight attire and a few tweaks to make it unique, the Rocketeer is a hero that few fans can’t pick out of a line-up.

#9: Spider-Woman (Marvel Comics)

Jessica Drew’s Spider-Woman costume is elegant, practical and not overtly graphic or over sexualized. It works for her own persona and manages to look badass at the same time, making it a perfect costume for a heroine with a complicated past.

#8: Spawn (Image Comics)

Spawn has one of the most terrifying costumes of any superhero. It’s dark, mysterious and evil-looking, with sharp edges,  a bombastic cape and lots of great dark colors, making this the perfect anti-hero costumed for the most damned of all world savers.

#7: Dark Phoenix  (Marvel Comics)

Jean Grey had a rough patch in her life before she passed on, going through some very difficult situations such as going crazy, destroying worlds and killing billions. Her fiery Dark Phoenix costume was the epitome of her persona at the time, looking almost as crazy as she actually was and finding a way to look sleek, elegant and completely scary all at once.

#6: Nightwing (DC Comics)

Nightwing has learned from the best when it comes to sleek and moody attire. Taking a page from Batman’s book, Nightwing dons a form fitting but practical suit that makes him look as badass as it does ridiculous. While it may not have the cool cape or sharp edges, it works well, fits his look, and with the mask, manages to look pretty cool for a guy who whirls around batons and other gadgets.

#5: Oracle (DC Comics)

Barbra Gordon has had several different costumes along the course of her career, but despite her disability, she’s never managed to look cooler than as her Oracle persona. Able to combine class with tech, Gordon creates a look that manages to look just as cool as she is, proving that women, and those with disabilities can be just as awesome as their counterparts.

#4: Batwoman (DC Comics)

The newest rendition of Kate Kane is a testament to the way the Bat family works, as far as costume design goes. It fits her persona and her style perfectly, looking similar to the original bat design while still managing to look unique. It’s practical and works to her advantage in every facet, forming to fit her solider background and makes terrific use of her background as a heroine.

#3: Iron Spider Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)

While his classic looks (including the symbiote look he took on for a bit) is unforgettable, the Iron Spider look he had for a time while working with Tony Stark was one of the coolest looks he’s had thus far. Sleek and nearly monochromatic with intimidating mechanical spider legs, this was one of the cooler and more interesting looks that Spidey has taken on in his long lifetime as the wall-crawling hero he’s known and loved for being.

#2: Batman (DC Comics)

Batman’s costume has gone through several variations since its inception, but it’s mostly remained the same in terms of overall style, which helps him get  a major nod here. It’s intimidating, useful and pretty cool looking, utilizing the classic utility belt, cape and cowl that he’s become known for. Armors and specific uses have come and gone, but the Caped Crusader will always be known for his classic suit.

#1: Iron Man (Marvel Comics)

Tony Stark is famous for the different Iron Man armors he’s created during his time as a hero. From the bulky grey Mark Zero Armor to the incredibly stylish and powerful armors he wears in the modern runs of his series, Stark’s combination of incredible technology and classic but updated designs easily give him the nod for the best dressed hero in comics. Mostly keeping to the red and gold color scheme, he’s still managed to make the Iron Man armor one of the coolest costumes in the entire industry.

That’s all for this week, come on back next week to see a brand new installment of the Comic Countdown!


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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